We regularly hold events for families, and adults, throughout the year. Details of upcoming events can be found below and you can find the full guide here

Forbes building

Rock store tour
Friday 13th September 10.00-10.45, 11.15-12.00, 12.30-13.15
Free, book your ticket below

Taking shape on Madingley Road is an exciting new research resource for earth scientists. Eventually it will house more than half a million rocks, minerals and fossils, in state of the art conditions, and make them available to researchers across the world. Over the next two years, about 12,000 drawers of rocks, along with the Museums important historical archive, will be transferred into the new building, so this tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the brand new Colin Forbes building and meet museum staff just we embark on this mammoth move. The 45 minute tour will include the Museum's existing conservation unit, archive and collections stores next door as well as the stores and work areas of the new building.

Please note this event is not in the Museum. The Brighton Building is located on Madingley Rise off Madingley Road. There is no parking available on site, please park at the nearby Madingey Road park and ride


 talk in the museum

Festival of Ideas - Tea-time tours
Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th Friday 18th October 17.00 – 18.00
Free drop in. Age 12+

The Sedgwick Museum celebrates the Festival of Ideas and Earth Science Week with an exciting series of short informal teatime tours. A different tour guide each evening will introduce you to selected highlights from our amazing collection and showcase their favourite object.

Please arrive at the Museum by 5pm. Doors close 5.15 and the half hour tour will begin.

FOI programme

With hundreds of free events over two weeks, the Cambridge Festival of Ideas is one of the most exciting and dynamic occasions in the Cambridge cultural calendar. Find out more

 carving above door

Earth Science Week – Cambridge Geology Trail
Saturday 19th October 10.30-12.00
Free. Age 12+

Discover rocks and fossils in Cambridge City centre. This walking tour of Cambridge will introduce you to just a few of the rock types and geological features that can be found hidden in the walls, roofs and pavements around the city centre.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather.
Meet at the steps of the museum 10mins before the tour starts.

earth science week logo

Earth Science week events are held accross the country, find out about more events Geological Societies website

Don't forget to check out the University of Cambridge Museum's What's On guide to events across all eight Museum and garden venues.

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00 



This week we reached a major landmark in the development of the Museum’s new Collections Research Centre. We’ve just been handed the keys to the brand new Colin Forbes Building, a purpose-built collections store to house our internationally important rock and fossil collections.  We now start the ambitious task of moving our rock collection – weighing more than 150 tonnes – from a variety of locations across Cambridge.  Bringing our collections together, and creating a space where we can welcome research visitors enables us to take a big step towards our aim of creating a world-leading centre for Earth Sciences collections research.

This summer, young visitors to some of our UCM museums have the opportunity to participate in an exciting artist-led treasure hunt. Hidden Tales: the Riddle of the White Sphinx, created by Mark Wells and Sorrel May, and illustrated by Jennifer Bell encourages families to explore our museums in a different way... Author Mark Wells tells all here.